Experience FitFarms Derbyshire Fitness Retreat

DerbyshireOur UK fitness and weight loss retreat is located in the beautiful surroundings of Darwin larks in the heart of Derbyshire. FitFarms specialises in maintaining a healthy and happy lifestyle enjoying the food and exercise along the way. We offer various fitness holiday packages ranging from 3-7 days allowing you to get back on track whether its the nutritional side of things or the exercise which you need to add back into your current lifestyle.

This Derbyshire weight loss retreat offers you scenic countryside walks, a mixture of fitness classes and a chance to relax and reflect. Our fitness retreats also offer high standard nutritional advise and help to make your lifestyle the one you want!

Looking for weight loss, a fitness holiday? And break away? Why not experience our Derbyshire fitness retreat and feel revived and ready to by the end of it!

Kickstart your Healthy Living with FitFarms Fitness Holiday

FitFarms Fitness Retreat Kickstart Healthy LivingDo you need a boost but everything feels like too much of an effort? Do you find yourself avoiding exercise or skipping exercise classes because you worry you aren’t fit enough or worry you won’t fit in? Well if you are, FitFarms is the place for you!

My names Georgia Taylor and I’m one of the group exercise instructors who deals with people like yourself on a weekly basis. My aim is to make sure all of my classes are adaptable so everyone can take part! Here at this UK fitness retreat my job is to give alternatives to all of you who need it! Sadly this means no excuses because we can always adapt classes so you can complete them all!

FitFarms is all about getting you back into exercise and hopefully getting you to understand the importance of exercise as well as enjoying yourself and having fun alone the way. Our weight loss retreat allows you to make friends during the week and you’ll soon realise a lot of people are in the same boat as you when it comes to doubting themselves when it comes to exercise. But we are all in this together and as a team we will complete the course and achieve so much more than weight loss alone.

This fitness holiday may be exactly what you need to get you back to where you want to be …

Real advice, real personal trainers, a real kickstart into healthy living!

Come and join us and make the change!

Why Go to FitFarms Fitness Retreat?

Why FitFarms Fitness RetreatLooking for a change of mind, a change of attitude, maybe a different outlook on healthy eating and exercise? If so FitFarms is certainly the place for you!

We offer 3-7 day courses whether you just need a little boost or whether you need a good kickstart in the right direction! Here at FitFarms our fitness retreat offers something for everyone. Being mindful doesn’t come easy and it’s certainly easy to forget about daily exercise and eating mindfully when we lead the busy lives we do. This weight loss retreat is designed in a way that allows you to take time for yourself in between all the exercise, to reflect on what’s maybe holding you back and the barriers which are stopping you from achieving your goals.

The team at FitFarms focus on delivering the course via a relaxed approach. The reason for this is because we focus on maintaining healthy living and we want our clients to leave us with the knowledge and motivation to want to continue with this healthier happier lifestyle.

All classes at our UK fitness retreat are designed to cater for everyone so no need to worry about whether you think you’re fit enough or not….adaptions are always available and our aim is to help everyone to understand exercise is for everyone not just for those who are seen as fit!

A week away, a fitness holiday, weight loss, a full range of varied exercise, beautiful walks, stunning locations, a new experience, a team approach as well as high standard nutritional workshops topped with mouthwatering food! You won’t believe how healthy food can taste so good!

If you are up for the change, a new start or just a boost to get you back on track book onto a course today! This weight loss retreat is waiting for you!

Importance of Proper Breathing

proper breathing exerciseThe importance of proper breathing as we will be practising at the Devon weight loss boot camp and all our other UK Retreats

Most people breath using their chest and so don’t fully utilise their lung capacity. Breathing from the abdomen deeply, not only is good for fitness but it can also assist with weight loss alongside a healthy controlled diet. Deep diaphragm breathing techniques as shown by our Fitness and weigh loss boot camp trainers and yoga instructors will really help change your life.

Aside from weight loss proper breathing can assist in getting a decent nights sleep. Breathing deeply in and out of the nose enables the hair follicles and mucus membrane to act as natural filters, purifying the air going into our lungs. Similarly to how a day out in the fresh air feels on one of our Fitfarms Boot camp retreats you to can achieve something similar in everything you do by breathing completely and fully using deep abdominal breathing. When breathing fully your organs work optimally and your are able to regulate your mind and body, thus helping in getting a good nights sleep.

There are three basic types of breathing. Clavicular breathing is the most shallow and worst possible type. The shoulders and collarbone are raised awhile the abdomen is contracted during inhalation. Maximum effort is made but a minimum amount of air is obtained, Intercostal breathing is done with the rib muscles expanding the rib cage and is the second type of incomplete breathing. Deep abdominal breathing is the best during your stay at our boot camp as it brings air into the lowest and largest part of the lungs. Breathing is slow and deep, and proper use is made of the diaphragm and so assisting with your exercise at Fitfarms.

Actually none of the types are complete. A full yogic breath combines all three, beginning with a deep breath and continuing the inhalation through the intercostal and clavicular areas. To get the feel of proper diaphragmatic breathing, which you will experience on our Boot camps wear loose clothing and lie on the back. Place the hand on the upper abdomen, where the diaphragm is located. Breathe in and out slowly. The abdomen should expand outward as you inhale and contract as you exhale. Try to get the feeling of this motion.

To experience a ‘full yogic breathe’, sit up and place one hand on the abdomen and the other on the rib cage. Breathe in slowly; expand the abdomen, then the rib cage and finally the upper portion of the lungs. Then, breathe out in the same manner, letting the abdomen cave in as you exhale then the rib cage. This is the best type of breathing to do, not only at our weight loss boot camp but when walking or driving or doing just about anything.

Special blog post from Claire Swaffield, FitFarms Yoga Instructor and Behaviour Change Expert/Facilitator

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Squash versus Racket Ball

Squash and RacketballIn the summer we introduced squash/ racketball to the camping holistic weight loss boot camp in Worcestershire.

Squash and racketball are very similar and over the years I have played both of them to a reasonably high standard. What I found is that the better you are at squash the longer the duration of the rally and the better you are at racket ball the shorter the rally. Both sports are viewed to be physically demanding but the length of the rally doesn’t really have much to do with your fitness level but it’s mainly to do with the level of skill you posses.

Let’s have a look at squash first. It originated at Harrow school from the older game rackets in 1830. There’s two people on a court, a ball and two rackets. The idea of the game is to score points by tactically out manouvereing your opponent. You can either do this by creating an opening to hit an outright winner or putting him/ her under enough pressure for them to make a mistake handing you the point. Jonah Barrington a famous English squash palyer from the 1970′s explaied squash to be “physical chess”.

Racketball was created in 1940 by a ‎Joseph Sobek and is a mixture of squash and tennis. It became very popular in the 1970s in North America which is still where the major tournaments are played. The game is played on a longer but slimmer court. The rackets are shorter and the ball bounces more making it harder to hit outright winners.

You will find courts in local leisure centres and private ‎clubs making the sport accessible to everyone. It’s best to have some reasonable level of fitness before you start playing to avoid injury. Make sure you warm your whole body up before you enter the court!

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Matlock in the Autum

think about why you startedHere at our Matlock fitness retreat, the weight loss camp is a few days into its swing. Today, we have Lesley’s nutritional workshop and some of Beccas mindful movement classes in the afternoon finished by a stretch with Georgia in the evening.

So for the morning session in true FitFarms style we are going to focus on some fat burning ☺️. During our weight loss retreats whether at Matlock Derbyshire, Malvern Worcestershire, or Woolland in Dorset, the approach is the same, the clients will endure around 6 hours a day of exercise and activity and we have clients from very fit and active, to very unfit and never having done or felt the need to do exercise ever in the past. Because of our sensible approach to exercise we have been able to put together a varied and enjoyable program that delivers a new way of looking at exercise, activities and a healthy lifestyle.

Special blog post from one of our FitFarms Health and Fitness instructors.

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Squats Good or Bad?

squats weight loss exerciseAs anyone who has been to one of our FitFarms weight loss camps will painfully tell you. We use them a lot! It has always been a strongly debated point as to whether squatting was harmful or dangerous or whether it had any positive health benefits.

For instance in the sports development world there are many that believe training should be “specific” as in movements that are complex and adaptive and that mirror the mechanical and neural stresses of the activity they are training for. Then there are those who understand the need for over development in both the simple structures as well as the more complex movement patterns.

What this all means is that although the squat isn’t a typical day to day movement for most of us (hence the difficulty some have adapting to it) it is a basic movement that we should all be capable of achieving providing we our lucky enough to enjoy good joint and bone health etc. so in my mind some exercises that aren’t functional per see but allow us to accelerate or improve our basic mechanical functions will also improve our adaptability to the more complex skills necessary for our day to day routines and challenges.


Special blog post from one of our FitFarms Health and Fitness instructors.

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Get to know Matthew Rankmore, FitFarms Nutritionist Chef

My name is Matthew Rankmore, I have been a chef now for 7 years. My intention was never to be a chef although I have always had a passion for food since being forced into watching ready steady cook as a child (mum loved it). But I wanted to be a professional rugby player, unfortunately, an injury stopped me from going professional.

Anyway, I was 15 and washing pots and pans in my Uncle’s restaurant called The Six Bells, nice country ala carte restaurant situated just a few miles from my house. One shift the Chef De Partie who was in charge of the starter and desert section failed to arrive for his shift, it was Christmas time and we were extremely busy. My Uncle came to inform the chefs that he had not turned up for his shift and then told me I had to take his place, I refused, he then said if I didn’t cover his section I wouldn’t have a job, I had to oblige as I didn’t want to lose my job or my small income I was making.

I was very nervous and well out of my comfort zone but I had been watching the chefs cook and plate the dishes for some time so I fell on my feet naturally and absolutely nailed it! From that day the chef was sacked and I was employed.

I remained at my Uncle’s restaurant for 1 year while I was in college, I later went onto gain an apprenticeship with the Marriot hotel and then later worked in Bordeaux in France and also Rome, Italia.

In my years of experience, I have gained a level 1, 2 & 3 in Catering and Hospitality, Young chef award 2010, and my most proud achievement of a Michelin Award which was awarded to me January this year.

I have recently started a new career path in nutritional cooking and health values of food and I LOVE it!

Introducing FitFarms Five Star in Quantock Hills, Somerset

Quantock Hills Fitness RetreatSince we have been running FitFarms all the way back in 2006 we have always chosen some great locations which have been picked for being in beautiful countryside.

2017 is going to be an extremely exciting year as we have a selection of ‎new courses starting. These courses include FitFarms Accessible, FitFarms Budget and our very latest weight loss and fitness course FitFarms Five Star.

FitFarms Five Star is situated ‎in the Quantock Hills near Bridgwater in Somerset. The Quantock Hills is famous for being the first place to be awarded the title of an area of outstanding beauty. We are also only a few miles away from Exmoor National Park which makes for some great coutryside walks with some spectacular moor to sea views.

The property where we will be running FitFarms Five Star has been awarded five stars by the English Country Board. The rooms are all of an extremely high standard and have contemporary en suite bathrooms. The rooms also have flat screen televisions ‎mounted on the walls with comfortable throws draping over the beds.

There is also the added benefit of being able to split the property into two sections allowing the team to run workshops in one area and physical exercise sessions in the other area at the same time. Both areas have swimming pools and wood burners for those cold evenings after the busy FitFarms schedules. In the summer months the propery has long bi folding doors which can be opened up leading to the outdoor exercise area where the health team will be conducting exercises like circuit training, kettlebells, ‎yoga to name but a few.

We will be running a free service where we collect guests from Heathrow airport and Taunton and also return them at the end of the week. There will be plenty of parking spaces on site for those who would like to drive.

The first course will start in June 2017 and prices will be advertised on our website before Christmas.

Interval Training Session – Derbyshire Fitness Holiday Retreat Review October 2016

interval training session forest joggingAt the FitFarms holiday retreat in Derbyshire this week we did an interval session on one of the local forest footpaths. Here at FitFarms we are all about health and fitness education, and run a very different style of course to the usual boot camp. For this reason, this interval session was not just about doing intervals in a certain way, set by one of our trainers, but rather it was about learning how to plan an interval session by yourself when you get home.

We all warmed up by walking to the forest together. Then we talked through what intervals are and the different ways of doing them. Then we set clients off to create their own interval workouts on the forest path by themselves or in groups. Everyone could go at a pace that suited them, and came away feeling more confident about how to plan a session for themselves.

Intervals are a great way to get a workout, and here is why:

  • They are more interesting than a workout where the intensity stays the same. Switching between high and low intensity breaks up the session and makes it more interesting.
  • Intervals allow to you work harder. Because you are getting rests in between each bout of high intensity, you end up working harder for longer.
  • Intervals give you a great workout in a short space of time. If you only have a short period of time but want to get a hard workout, you can use intervals to really get your heart rate up. Even a 20 minute session can have great fitness benefits.
  • The possibilities are endless. There are so many ways to do intervals. You can do it using time (for example, one minute of jogging and one minute of walking) or using landmarks (for example jog to the next lamppost, walk to the next one) or using songs or apps on your smart phone.

We hope to see you in Derbyshire so you can join us for our next interval session!

Special blog post from one of our FitFarms Health and Fitness instructors.

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